Natural Jerusalem Stone Facts

We have put together a list of useful articles to help you choose the right natural stone tile for you. If you have any additional questions that we haven’t covered in any of the articles below, please feel free to email us and we’ll be hapy to assist you.


THE QUALITY OF JERUSALEM STONE CAN BE MEASURED BY:

1 – Solidity
2 – Water Absorption
3 – Resistance to weather factors

THE QUALITY OF THE FINISH DEPENDS ON

1 – The accuracy of dimensions
2 – The accuracy of thickness
3 – Consistency of colours
4 – Handmade products

WHY JERUSALEM STONE?

1 – Value
2 – Durability
3 – Image
4 – Tradition
5 – Raises home value

WHAT DISTINGUISHES JERUSALEM STONE & MOSAICS LTD?
1 – High standards of quality
2 – Competitive prices
3 – International level of standards and characteristics
4 – Various selections of colours
5 – The quick supply of the required quantity
Finishes:
• Natural Tumbled: rough , chipped rounded edges and missing corners giving an effect of an aged stone.
• Honed finish: It gives a smooth, matte look. It creates an atmosphere of cosy comfort.
• Polished finish: High gloss surface that gives a mirror like reflection with good slipp resistance
• Brushed Finish: shows the veins to achieve a slight rustic appearance

Why Jerusalem natural stone ?

Jerusalem natural stone is strong and stable to live with. It exudes a rich, organic, beautiful surface and has a confident, timeless “presence” in any room.
Walk across natural stone floor and tread on the same material quarried and constructed by ancient people of nobility and notoriety.
From ancient monuments like the pyramids in Egypt and the majestic Greek and Roman temples, to the great civilizations of India and China, natural stone has been an important part of architecture throughout history.
It is the world’s oldest building material — imagine its beauty and elegance in your new home or other projects

During that time, Jerusalem stone was considered too opulent for average homes and was found only in temples, palaces, government buildings, or in the homes of the very wealthy.
Recent advances in the stone industry’s equipment technology have greatly impacted the process of extracting stone from the quarry and installing it in a home. Maybe your home.
Indeed, nothing compares to the beauty of Jerusalem natural stone, and nothing can create pride quicker than when you walk into your home with Jerusalem stone floor.
Count on “oohs and ahs” from your friends and neighbours, too.
And while Jerusalem Natural limestone is a little more expensive than other natural limestone it will virtually always increase your home’s resale value due to its superior quality and colours compared to other natural stones That’s another important factor to consider when shopping for natural limestone.

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Identifying Natural Stone Tiles
JeNatural stone tiles have become extremely popular in the last few years due, in no small part, to the rise in popularity of home improvement programs on TV. Our fascination with property and DIY has led to a predominantly higher number of people interested in decorating their homes with the best quality fixtures and fittings they can find. Stone tiles have become one of a number of elitist or superior quality furnishings that have endured the tough climate of the past 2 years and have maintained their popularity. Famous heroes will often be heard saying, ‘with great power, comes great responsibility’ and unfortunately this is also true of stone tiles and their suppliers – albeit the actual phrase is more like this ‘with great popularity, comes great numbers of immitations’ and it is this key point that we’ll be looking at in this article.

How can you tell a good quality natural stone tile from an immitation one?

Quality natural stone tiles can be measured by several intrinsic properties:

  1. Solidity
    To take a definition right from the web itself, a “solid is one of the major states of matter. It is characterized by structural rigidity and resistance to changes of shape or volume.” In terms of stone tiles, this means it won’t be flimsy and will feel absolutely rigid. We’ve been known to demonstrate this to our customers with a simple experiment. The hammer drop experiment. In our showroom, we have plenty of space to actually drop a hammer onto our natural stone tiles. The result, as it should be with a real, high qulity natural stone, is that the stone will resist the impact of the hammer and leave no marks. If you’re not confident the stones you’re looking at could do this, always ask the sales assistant to prove claims of strength and natural solidity.
  2. Water Absorption
    A real, quality natural stone tile will not absorb water at all. This is why our jerusalem stones prove forever popular for wet rooms, bathrooms, swimming pools, jacuzzis and even exterior stone walls. All of our high quality natural stone tiles will propell water completely, continuously and if you are considering buying some other ‘stone’ tiles, such as travertine or immitation stone, always make sure you ask about the water absorption rates, especially if you’re looking to tile your bathroom.
  3. Resistance to Weather Factors
    This is a direct follow-on from the previous stone tile property. it’s not surprising to hear that a superior natural stone will be completely resistant to harsh weather conditions, particularly those suffered in the UK winter time or heavy rain seasons (all year?). Our quality jerusalem stone will resist harsh winds, icy rain and hot summers and any other natural stone you’re considering should be able to do the same. The best way to find out if the stone you’re looking at can do this is to simply ask the sales assistant for examples of where the stone was used externally. One telling sign might even be if they have any natural stone on display outside of their premises.

Many ‘stone tile’ suppliers will sell cheap immitation stone and display them in perfectly considered display areas within their shops but you should never accept displays on face value or through clever marketing tactics. Always ask for examples, always ask for as much information as possible and always, always do plenty of research before buying!

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jerusalem stone
Jerusalem stone is a name applied to various types of pale limestone, dolomite and dolomitic limestone, common in and around Jerusalem, , that have been used in building since ancient times. One of these limestones, meleke, has been used in many of the region’s most celebrated structures,
.There are a total of 650 production outlets run by Palestinians in the West Bank that cut a rich range of pink, sand, golden, and off-white bricks and tiles.[1]

The stone in its natural state.
The highlands of the West Bank are primarily underlain by sedimentary limestone, dolomite and dolomitic limestone. The stone quarried for building purposes, ranging in color from white to pink, yellow and tawny, is known collectively as Jerusalem stone. Soft Senonian limestone is found to the east of Jerusalem, and has long been used as an inexpensive building material.[2]
Stone of the Cenonian layers, known in Arabic as mizzi ahmar and mizzi yahudz is far more durable than Senonian limestone, but is very hard and was expensive to quarry using pre-modern methods.[2] Turonian layers yield mizze helu and meleke, the most prized building stones.[2] The thin layered mizze helu is easily quarried and worked. Meleke is soft and easy to chisel, but hardens with exposure to the atmosphere and becomes highly durable.[2] It was used for the great public buildings of antiquity,[3] and for the construction of the Islamic period city walls and buildings.
Use in building

Municipal laws in Jerusalem require that all buildings be faced with local Jerusalem stone.[4] The ordinance dates back to the British Mandate and the governorship of Sir Ronald Storrs[5] and was part of a master plan for the city drawn up in 1918 by Sir William McLean, then city engineer of Alexandria.[6]
According to a report by the Geological Survey
The various rock types in the area were exploited for different purposes.The variety of lithologic types used in building are:
1. White, coarse crystalline limestone originally referred to as “Meleke”, the stone of Kings.
2. Cream-colored micritic limestone known locally as “Mizzi Hilu” (sweet rock).
3. Red-colored limestone known as “Mizzi Ahmar” (red rock).
4. Gray crystalline dolomite known as “Mizzi Yehudi” (Jewish rock – modern times).
5. Flagstone of thin-layered limestone.
These rock types were quarried from the Judean limestone and dolomite in and around the Old City of Jerusalem. This variety of stone gives Jerusalem its unique character. The setting sun reflected on the cream-colored limestone facade of both ancient and modern structures alem.
References
1. ^ Palestinians’ stones cut both ways Ilene Prusher, The Christian Science Monitor, January 4, 2000
2. ^ a b c d e Influence of Geological Conditions on the Development of Jerusalem, M. Avnimelech, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, No. 181 (Feb., 1966), pp. 24-31
3. ^ Ashlar Quarries of the Iron Age in the Hill Country ofAshlar Quarries of the Iron Age in the Hill Country o, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, No. 217 (Feb., 1975), pp. 37-48
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5. ^ Jerusalem Architecture Since 1948
6. ^ The British Mandate from “Jerusalem: Life Throughout the Ages in a Holy City”. Online course material from the Ingeborg